The Contorted Lodgepole: A Poet’s Tribute
My poet’s tribute to this one tree and many other remarkable contorted lodgepole pine trees is twofold: it is made as both a writer and as a tree art furniture maker and sculptor. These two photos are favorites, and will be included in a book-length tribute that I’ve been working on since when these photos were taken.
One summer afternoon in the early 1990s, sitting in a stand of lodgepole pine trees, taking notes and making sketches of this solitary and remarkable “Swan’s Neck” tree trunk.
I also laid down with my camera at the base of the tree, wanting to document both the tree’s contortion and its curving return to uprightness, straightness, and centeredness over its original vertical axis–truly remarkable!